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I LOVE that modern cities still use the old technology of rooftop water tanks, even if new buildigs cover 'em up. I love NY's water tanks, esp. a whole skyline full of them.
I'm not alone.
From Shelf Awareness: Eric Miller, partner and co-owner of Miller Trade Book Marketing, the Midwest rep group set up Wicker Park Press, which has published three titles with Academy Chicago. In December, on his own, he publishes Water Tanks of Chicago: A Vanishing Urban Legacy by Larry W. Green ($19.95, 9780978967604), a paperback that chronicles a sometimes unnoticed aspect of the Windy City's skylines: water tanks, some of which date back to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, that have "a lot of cultural significance" and have been nominated for landmark status. "This is book is part of a push to preserve these towers," Miller told Shelf Awareness.
From Shelf Awareness, a story on holiday sellers. This from David Thompson @ Murder by the Book in Houston: "Slay Ride and Hell for the Holidays by Chris Grabenstein, which Thompson notes will appeal to James Patterson fans."
At Little Brown, I was lucky enough to work on David Sedaris' Holidays in Hell, a shoot-milk-out-your-nose funny book, a book which someone in Sales (Josh, you?) suggested we take from his previous book and publish by itself, to bestseller sales. And we have our own entry into the hellish holiday contest: Holidays Are Hell!
Omigod, saw a dvd of Brian Regan at sister's house over the holiday break. He was absolutely hysterical, and though i don't mind swear words at all, he was totally clean. Just right on so many things, from air travel to eye tests to so much of daily life.
I'm off on the 'colleges we can't afford' tour next week! I'll be back in touch when I'm back. I may log on from my sister's computer but I might need time to have a few bake sales and car washes to raise money.
They've always been popular for those of you who, umm, love books, but it does seem to be especially so of late, from Book Thief to Shadow of the Wind to the Jasper Fforde books. (First Among Sequels; great title.) And in another tip of the cap, we have Bizzare Books, a wonderful collection of the worst real books of all time! See the NYT blog this week.
Mike Perry won the MBA Bookseller Award for Nonfiction but Mike couldn't make it, so he made a video acceptance speech. So, if you want to see a chicken hypnotized and how an author works, check out this youtube.